potato

I was giving some advice last week to my friends a Poshinc, and the question about potatoes came up.

If you’re planning on losing weight it’s a good idea to reduce the amount of potatoes you eat. You don’t have to cut them out altogether, but it’s a good idea to eat them sparingly.

Why Are Potatoes Fattening?

Potatoes are predominantly made up of glucose (sugar) molecules, stuck together to form a starchy carbohydrate.

When potatoes land in your digestive track the glucose is released very quickly. It’s like cutting a string on a beaded necklace. This means the glucose flies across into your blood stream very quickly, pushing your blood sugar up really fast.

Last week I explained about carbs pushing your blood glucose up quickly, and this also makes you produce a lot of insulin to get this back under control. Whenever you produce a lot of insulin you lay fat down, that’s just how it works.

So if you have a weight problem eating a lot of potatoes isn’t going to help you.

Potatoes Are Not a ‘Slimmer’s Friend’

It seems a popular ‘healthy option’ lunch might be a jacket potato with a low fat filling. All this does is push your blood sugar sky high, give you a corresponding sky high insulin splurge which causes you to lay down fat.

An alternative lunch of salad with an avocado, some olives, and an olive oil based dressing with perhaps a couple of eggs or tin of mackerel is a much better ‘slimmers choice’. This food is quite high in fat but it won’t create an insulin response.

No insulin = precious little, if any, fat lay down in your body.

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Dr Julie

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